The Bhagavad Gita: Timeless Wisdom for Yogis
Join Bill Mahony for a study of the Bhagavad Gita on Saturday, August 27 at The Bindu (20100 Zion St. Cornelius, NC) 12:00-5:30pm
The Bhagavad Gita, Song of the Blessed One
An epic conversation that took place over 2000 years ago, on an open field at the beginning of a battle, is as relevant today as the day the Indian sage, Vyasa, wrote it down.The conversation is between two people, Arjuna (the warrior) and Krishna (the Divine incarnate). The title of the text is the Bhagavad Gita, meaning “Song of the Blessed One.”
The Bhagavad Gita, written around 200 BCE, challenges our minds with truths about illusion and attachment, duty and choices. As Arjuna looks across the battlefield and sees brothers, cousins, and friends ready to go to war with each other, he basically says, “I can’t do this.” He questions war, God, his own soul, human nature, and duty. And so begins Krishna’s teachings about life, deathlessness, love, dharma, the Self, action/non-action, spiritual practice, and ultimate Truth.
This text has been studied by most serious writers and philosophers who have published anything contemplative about the nature of being human and in relationship with the Divine.
Join us for Study and Yoga Practice
In just 2 weeks, (SATURDAY, AUG. 27), we have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the Bhagavad Gita with a renowned scholar of eastern philosophy, Professor Bill Mahony. It promises to be a special afternoon of great conversation and gentle movement (which I’ll lead, occasionally, to keep our minds clear and bodies happy). In addition to being a professor of religion at Davidson College, Bill leads workshops and spiritual retreats worldwide. He has a deep and genuine appreciation for the yogic life grounded in over four decades of his own practice. Read more about Bill’s offerings at his website www.wkmahony.com.
If you would like to read the Gita prior to the workshop, a couple of my favorite translations/commentaries are:
The Bhagavad Gita by Juan Mascaro
Poised for Grace: Annotations on the Bhagavad Gita from a Tantric View by Douglas Brooks (available for $10 on Kindle)
My yoga practice, my life, is deeply informed by study as well as asana, meditation, and breath work. Sitting with Bill Mahony to talk about this text combines the best in storytelling with great truths and wonderful soul searching. I hope you will give yourself this lovely gift of an afternoon well-spent.
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